Causes and symptoms of anorexia
It's important, as a family member or a friend, to be fully aware of all the symptoms of anorexia so it can be treated as fast as possible. Most of us have heard of this disease but don't really know what it's about. Anorexia isn't just defined by the fact that someone just stops to eat: it's way more than that. People suffering from anorexia tend to feel alone, like they have to fill a space and controlling what they eat is just a way for them to feel like not everything is out of their hands. According to a study done by "American Journal of Psychiatry", on average, 4% of the western population dies from anorexia. That's why people have to act quick before it's too late. Firstly, I'm going to explain the most commun causes of anorexia. Normally, people with eating disorders are the overachievers and the perfectionists. They like to be perfect in every aspect of their life. They also tend to isolate themselves and to stay alone a lot. This behavior is maybe because they are living stressful life events like a breakup, multiple bad grades in a row, etc. Now I'm going to talk about how the anorexics act on a daily basis. First of all, it's obvious that they have a food obsession. Always reading food labels, measuring and weighting their portions or even write down everything that go into their mouth. They regulary pretend or lie about eating, so it's important to pay close attention to details. Now on to the appearance signs. They usually lose a remarquable amount of weight in a short period of time. It's hard to know because they're always hiding their weight loss under oversized clother or sweatpants. Also, it's also important to listen closely if they talk a lot about their body image or are harsh on themselves. If you recognize any of these signs, act. Call your local eating disorder service for more informations about treatments or just to know what to do.
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